October 16, 2013
Vol. 9, No. 50
Editor: Tom Willard
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Los Angeles, CA
GARDENA MAN, 36, FACES CHARGES HE SEXUALLY MOLESTED DEAF GIRL IN 2005
US Marshals announced the arrest of a former aide to deaf children who allegedly molested a 14-year-old girl in 2005. Alfie Lumabas, a now 36-year-old Gardena man, was taken into custody by a task force including the Marshal’s Sex Offenders Investigative Branch, Pacific Southwest Regional Task Force and US Marshals Central District of California. Investigators said Lumabas’ alleged victim was one of his charges at the Hawaii School for the Deaf and Blind in Honolulu. / CBS Los Angeles
DEAF LIFEGUARD GETS $25,000 TO SETTLE LAWSUIT OVER JOB
A deaf lifeguard has agreed to a $25,000 settlement with a Michigan county that rescinded a job offer at a wave pool. Nicholas Keith, who is deaf and unable to speak, claimed Oakland County violated a federal law that protects people with disabilities. He was offered a job at a wave pool in 2007, but the offer was dropped after officials talked to risk consultants. Keith, now 23, can use a cochlear implant to detect noises, whistles and people calling for him. He also can blow a whistle. / The Associated Press
Council Bluffs, IA
AUDIT: WOMAN DEFRAUDED IOWA'S DEAF VOUCHER PROGRAM
A Council Bluffs woman signed vouchers to provide equipment to deaf Iowans while also running a side business that allowed her to use them, an audit shows. The situation – brought to Iowa government officials’ attention by Nebraska officials – resulted in the woman, Janet Killam, pleading guilty on Aug. 5 on an aggravated misdemeanor charge of fraudulent practice. She was sentenced to year of probation, fined $625 and returned checks or reimbursed the state $10,778. / Des Moines Register
COLD AIR ALERTS HEARING-IMPAIRED MAN TO BREAK-IN AT FLINT HOME
A cold breeze is what led to a hearing-impaired man finding his home broken into and his white Pit Bull missing, according to a police report. The man told police someone kicked in his front door at his home around 2 a.m. The man didn't hear glass breaking or the door being kicked in, police said. It wasn't until the man felt cold air inside his home that he realized the burglary had happened. Police said he reported his cell phone, wallet and debit card, as well as his 3-year-old white Pit Bull were missing. / The Flint Journal
Port St. Lucie, FL
MOTHER OF HEARING-IMPAIRED CHILD BLAMES BUS AIDE FOR BRUISES
An Indian River County bus aide is temporarily off of his bus route following allegations that he has been too physical with a hearing-impaired boy on his bus. The bus picks up 4-year-old Rage, and takes him to Oak Hammock K-8 in Port St. Lucie. The boy's mother, Chantale Thompson, says her son has shown up for school twice this year with bruises. She says he leaves home without any marks, but after his 45 minute bus ride, she has been called by school officials saying he has suspicious bruises. / WFLX
Huntington Beach, CA
EX-LIBRARY CLERK COULD GET JURY TRIAL
A wrongful-termination claim filed by a former Huntington Beach city employee who is deaf could go to a jury trial early next year. The former library clerk contends that the city failed to provide her with a qualified sign-language interpreter before she was forced to resign three years ago. Plaintiff Merrie Sager worked at a city library from 1978 to August 2010. Her lawyer, William Crosby, said the woman, who is deaf and has cerebral palsy, was forced to resign without cause. / Huntington Beach Independent
MANY DEAF SCHOOL STUDENTS WEREN'T RAISED WITH SIGN LANGUAGE
Most deaf children’s parents can hear and too few of them learn sign language, meaning they can’t fully communicate with their deaf children, says Mal Grossinger, superintendent of the California School for the Deaf, Riverside. Consequently, many students arrive at the deaf school at an intellectual and social disadvantage – and several years behind their peers academically. Many struggle to communicate in any form, much less to read and write. / The Press-Enterprise
SCHOOLS FOR DEAF AND BLIND TO STAY PUT
The West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind, the only educational site of its kind in the Mountain State, will stay in Hampshire County. On Thursday, the state Board of Education approved a resolution that will keep the facility where it is in Romney. “We’re just elated,” said Romney Mayor Dan Hileman of the news. “The state school board has made the right decision and they’ve taken the right approach.” / WV MetroNews
VIRGINIA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND CLOSES DORM TO SAVE MONEY
After a recommendation was made by the state department for planning and budget, the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind decided to close one of its four dorms to save money this fall. Enrollment is down at the Staunton school and the space was unnecessary, at least at the moment. By closing the dorm the school will see cost savings of $157,424 by cutting utilities and not replacing four staffers who left. / The Washington Post
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INSIDE DEN OF HUMAN TRAFFICKER, 84, WHO KEPT DEAF MUTE GIRL AS SEX SLAVE FOR NINE YEARS
Ilyas Ashar, 84, sexually abused the unnamed girl over the course almost a decade after she first arrived in the country aged around 10 from Pakistan in 2000. Ashar used the girl, who is profoundly deaf and cannot speak, as a sex slave and to steal more than £30,000 ($48,500 US) benefits on her behalf. He beat and slapped the girl and forced her to work for him and his family as a domestic servant at their home in Salford. Ashar was found guilty of 13 counts at Manchester's Minshull Street Crown Court. / Daily Express
DEAF CHEF INSPIRES JUDGES TO WIN TOP AWARD
A profoundly deaf Hartlepool man has lifted a top title for his culinary talents. Scott Garthwaite has won the regional Sound Barrier Star Awards which honours deaf and hard of hearing people. The 33 year old was given with the award by Specsavers Hearing Centres for his determination to succeed as a chef. The father-of-one, originally from Hartlepool and who now lives in Billingham was born profoundly deaf. He inspired the judges with his ambition and work with deaf students at Newcastle College. / Hartlepool Mail
BBC IPLAYER SUBTITLE SHAMBLES
Reports have been coming into the Chicken this week of numerous problems with subtitles on the BBC’s iPlayer website. Irritated viewers have been reporting on social media that some programmes have been rendered unwatchable by oddly intermittent subtitles. The programs affected include two episodes of A Very British Murder, The Le Mans Disaster, Strictly Come Dancing, Orphan Black and Fabric of Britiain. / The Limping Chicken
BRIDPORT: HELPING DEAF PEOPLE TO COMMUNICATE
Back in 2007 there was no community group in Bridport for deaf people and their friends and relatives – the last such organization had closed more than 30 years earlier following the sudden death of the club chairman. Six years on and Bridport boasts a Deaf Club so popular that people travel from as far as Oxford, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Bristol to swell numbers at social events to well over 100. The secret of its success – according to its members – is a determination to involve both deaf and hearing people at all events and to ensure no one is left out. / View From Online
DEAF COMMUNITY CALLS FOR RECOGNITION OF IRISH SIGN LANGUAGE
The lives of those in the deaf community would be improved if Irish Sign Language (ISL) was recognized. That is according to Bishopstown native Eoin Burns, who outlined that legal recognition of ISL will mean improved services for deaf people. Mr Burns, who has been deaf since birth, stated that while UK and US sign languages are recognized, Irish Sign Language is not. "Ireland does not recognize it despite years and possibly decades of sheer hard work by so many people especially the deaf community and the organizations representing deaf people,” he said. / The Cork News
Sarnia, ON, Canada
DRIVER CLAIMS HE PUT ALCOHOL IN HIS EARS TO DETERMINE HOW JESUS RESTORED HEARING TO THE DEAF
A Sarnia man refuted his alcohol breath readings in court, claiming the readings would have been elevated after he put alcohol in his ears to test a Jesus theory. Robert D. Bourque, 55, was convicted following his trial in Sarnia court of driving while his blood-alcohol level exceeded the legal limit. He was fined $1,000. Bourque, who represented himself, testified he had put alcohol in his ears as part of an experiment to determine how Jesus restored the hearing of deaf people. / The London Free Press
Tel Aviv, Israel
DRAMA TEACHER SEEKING TO BECOME ISRAEL'S FIRST DEAF FLIGHT ATTENDANT
A 51-year-old man's quest to be Israel's first hard-of-hearing flight attendant fell on deaf ears this week after the Civil Aviation Authority refused to intervene. Deaf drama teacher Shuki Assouline had been engaged in active talks with El Al for the past two years to convince the airline to hire him as flight attendant. However, the airline determined that it could not employ him as an attendant due to safety concerns. / Haaretz
BREAKING THE SOUND BARRIER
In August, the five students of the Noida Deaf Society (NDS) completed their training course at the COWI India training school at Gurgaon, and four of them have since joined the Mapping Department of COWI India as junior associates. The training taught the students how to use photogrammetry equipment, and how to work adeptly in the fields of photogrammetry, geographical information systems (GIS) and remote sensing. / COWI
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Fort Wayne, IN
SEMINARIANS TO LEARN SIGN LANGUAGE AS BISHOP WORKS TO MAKE MASS ACCESSIBLE TO THE DEAF
Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades hopes the Day of Reflection for the Deaf the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend will offer Saturday is the beginning of what becomes an active deaf Catholic community in the diocese. "Eventually, I would like to see Masses where the celebrant is signing," Rhoades said. Working toward that goal, Rhoades has asked two of the diocese's current seminarians to learn American Sign Language so they can celebrate Masses and provide sacraments to deaf Catholics in sign language. / The Republic
San Francisco, CA
VIDEO DEPICTING CONVERSATION BETWEEN DEAF GIRL, ORANGUTAN HIGHLIGHTS PALM OIL RISKS
Environmental activists have released an emotive video that aims to raise awareness about the impact of converting rainforests into oil palm plantations to provide a common ingredient in processed snack foods. The video, distributed by the Rainforest Action Network (RAN), portrays a 12-year-old deaf girl named Lena communicating in sign language via Skype with "Strawberry," an orangutan in Indonesia. When the conversation turns to food, RAN's message about palm oil is brought to the fore. / Mongabay.com
DEAF 7-YEAR-OLD'S WORLD OPENS UP
Ramselys Massini has lived most of her life without being able to fully communicate with her family. Soon that will change, thanks to the help of local volunteer organizations. Ramselys, 7, was born deaf, and while she has learned sign language in school, her parents and brothers do not know how to sign. Soon, however, the entire family will begin taking sign language classes, and Ramselys was given a video phone, which lets her communicate with her friends using sign language. / Ocala.com
HOW TO COPE WHEN YOUR BEST FRIEND'S DEAF
Learning to live with a dog that is deaf can be challenging, but not impossible or even necessarily difficult. Typically, it is humans who have a hard time with canine deafness, not the dogs. Many people want to know why their dog is deaf. There are a number of genetic defects that can cause deafness. / Frontiersman
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STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN TRANSITION TO WORK PROGRAM
Commissioner Heidi L. Reed from the MA Commission for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH) recently visited the NECC Haverhill campus to honor a Northern Essex Community College student who participated in the Commission’s summer Transition to Work Program. This program is a collaborative effort made possible through a federal grant and a partnership between the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission and the MCDHH. / NECC Newsroom
OREGON UNIVERSITY CONTINUES ROLE AS NATIONAL DEAF-BLIND CENTER
Western Oregon University learned Thursday it will continue to be home to the National Center on Deaf Blindness. That means Western -- along with several partners -- will get a 5-year, $10.5 million grant. It’ll allow the Center to work with states to serve students who are both deaf and blind. Jay Gense is the center’s director. He says the center is helping with one of the biggest challenges schools have when students have significant disabilities: transitioning them from isolated programs into standard classrooms. / OPB
MARYSVILLE GIRL BENEFITS FROM SCHOOL FOR HEARING-IMPAIRED CHILDREN
Marysville’s Matthea Balcago is considered profoundly deaf. She cannot hear at all. As an elementary student, Matthea was struggling to learn — not because she wasn’t capable, but because there weren’t enough resources in the school to adequately educate a deaf child. “The school wasn’t helping her,” said Matthea’s mother, Maita Gaines. "Her speech pathologist advised us to go visit Northwest School for Hearing-Impaired Children to see if that would be the best school for Matthea.” / Marysville Globe
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Los Angeles, CA
DEAF WEST'S 'FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON' SOARS
If you want to see a play about what it really feels like not to fit in make your way to Deaf West Theatre’s production of Flowers for Algernon at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks running through Nov. 3. [Ed. Note: It's been extended to Nov. 17.] David Rogers’ stage adaptation of Daniel Keyes’ novel is presented on two brilliantly-executed levels. The 23-year-old theatre company weaves American Sign Language (ASL) with spoken English to create a seamless dance of movement, style and voice. / Patch.com
Colorado Springs, CO
DEAF AND HEARING CULTURES CLASH IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN DEAF THEATRE'S 'ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST'
Ken Kesey, like other 1960s counterculture writers, wrote critically of mainstream uniformity and conformity. The treatment of people who deviate from dominant cultural norms is one of the themes Kesey explored in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, his novel about very real and very skewed ideas of acceptable behavior. And if the author once said, "He who walks out of step hears another drum," the Denver-based Rocky Mountain Deaf Theatre company knows better than most what he was getting at. / Colorado Springs Independent
THEATER: 'TRIBES' AT THE GUTHRIE
This is the house that Christopher and Beth have built. It is propped up by words — literally. Within a large room encased in floor-to-ceiling books, Christopher, Beth and two of their children fire words at each other constantly. Billy, the youngest child, is left out. He is deaf and only by reading lips can he get a sense of the scabrous cacophony that passes for family chatter. Nina Raine’s play, “Tribes,” finds in Billy an avatar to consider the questions of identity, isolation, the myriad facets of communication and the inadequacy of our verbal constructions to convey emotional depth. / Star Tribune
DEAF SPOTLIGHT TO PRESENT ITS FIRST THEATRICAL PRODUCTION
Deaf Spotlight is proud to present its first-ever theatrical production, Broken Spokes, playing Nov. 8-10 at the University of Washington Ethnic Cultural Theatre in Seattle. Broken Spokes, written by Willy Conley and directed by Ryan Schlecht, is a drama about two brothers -- one deaf and one hard of hearing -- that explores relationships, memories and power issues. The play will be performed in American Sign Language and will be interpreted in spoken English. / Deaf Spotlight
CARDS PROVIDE CAPTIONING FOR DEAF AT STADIUM
The Arizona Cardinals and the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority have devised a new strategy to accommodate deaf fans at University of Phoenix Stadium this season. The organizations are providing text captioning on video boards so that football fans who have difficulty hearing the public-address system can read the play-by-play information as games are in progress. The captioning system is the result of a year’s worth of planning and refinement, shaped in large part by a lawsuit brought by Michael Ubowski, a Mesa resident and advocate for the deaf. / The Republic
COACHING LEGEND BUM PHILLIPS AIMS TO BUILD RETREAT FOR THE DEAF
Bum Phillips was the coach of the Houston Oilers during the "Luv Ya Blue" days. Now, he lives on a ranch outside Goliad, and hopes to leave a lasting impression in South Texas. Over the years, Bum and his wife, Debbie, have been hosting all kinds of charity events on their ranch. They felt they needed to help those who cannot help themselves. Now that Bum has turned 90 years old, the couple and their family are hoping that people will donate $90 so they can build a retreat specially designed for the deaf. / KiiiTV3.com
Santa Rosa Beach, FL
SIGNS FROM THE SIDELINE: DEAF RUNNING BACK ZACH REESE HAS NO FEAR
When James Burns signals in a play from the sidelines, it's a necessity. It's imperative that Burns, an interpreter for the deaf, gets the right signal in to South Walton running back Zach Reese, who has been deaf since birth. Reese, a senior for the Seahawks, plays the game with no fear, going at every play head strong. "Sometimes I make mistakes, but it makes me want to play harder to make up for those mistakes," Reese signed to Burns who in turn told The Sun. / Walton Sun
DEAF HACKENSACK RECEIVER A KEY CONTRIBUTOR
The thought of quitting never entered Kenny Jimenez’s mind. Despite being deaf, the Hackensack wide receiver has become an important player for the Comets on offense and special teams. He thrives with assistance from a devoted group of teammates, coaches and sign-language interpreters. "This year is a lot better than last year," said Jimenez, also a member of Hackensack’s winter and spring track teams. "I practice harder and I’ve played harder. / The Record
Mt. Zion, CC
DEAFNESS ISN'T SLOWING DOWN CHANDLER HUDSON
Mike Popovich is a coach who likes to "play fast." So you can only imagine what he thought when he first heard about his senior WR/DB Chandler Hudson from an assistant coach. "He said, we've got a kid, he's a great athlete," said Popovich, "can play on both sides of the ball for us, but we've got a little bit of a problem. He can't hear." / WBBH
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NEW CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN PITTSBURGH AND GLENSIDE
PAHrtners Deaf Services is a dynamic team of behavioral health professionals serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and adults. Located outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, PAHrtners provides residential and out-patient services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HoH) children, adolescents and adults. Over 85% of our staff members are Deaf or Hard of Hearing!
As a result of our commitment to the Deaf/HoH community PAHrtners is rapidly growing and expanding. Whether you are a high school graduate, recent college graduate or professional with many years of experience in the field of human services, we have a career-building position waiting for you! E.O.E.
PAHrtners is looking for dedicated, motivated, energetic individuals who are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable in Deaf culture to fill the following positions:
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-- STAFF INTERPRETER – Full Time Position and Part Time Position; Glenside location
-- RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR – Full Time; Glenside location
-- RESIDENTIAL CASE MANAGER – Full Time; Glenside and Pittsburgh locations
-- RESIDENTIAL COUNSELORS – Full Time, Part Time, On Call; Glenside and Pittsburgh locations
-- OFFICE MANAGER/INTERPRETER – Full Time; Pittsburgh location
Go to our Website at: www.PAHrtners.com to learn more about each position.
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614 N. Easton Road
Glenside, PA 19038
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